Flash 8: The Missing Manual

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Macromedia's Flash 8 is the world's premier program for adding animation to websites. And with the latest version, this popular program becomes more versatile, letting beginning webmasters and expert developers alike create sophisticated web content. But Flash isn't intuitive. And it doesn't come with a manual. Whether you want to learn the basics or unleash the program's true power, Flash 8: The Missing Manual is the ideal instructor.

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Overview

Macromedia's Flash 8 is the world's premier program for adding animation to websites. And with the latest version, this popular program becomes more versatile, letting beginning webmasters and expert developers alike create sophisticated web content. But Flash isn't intuitive. And it doesn't come with a manual. Whether you want to learn the basics or unleash the program's true power, Flash 8: The Missing Manual is the ideal instructor.

This hands-on guide to today's hottest web design tool is aimed at nondevelopers, and it teaches you how to translate your ideas into great web content.

It begins with a solid primer on animation, which helps you get comfortable with the Flash interface. Once you have these basics under your belt, Flash 8: The Missing Manual moves on to advanced animations, including adding special effects and audio, video, and interactivity to your presentations. When you're really feeling steady, the book shows how to use a dollop of ActionScript to customize your content. It then teaches you how to publish your Flash creations for web surfers everywhere to enjoy. Along the way, the book shows you good design principles and helps you avoid elements that can distract or annoy an audience.

Author Emily Vander Veer has more than a dozen books to her credit, including titles on web design and scripting—most written for non-technical readers. Her background makes her the perfect author for a straightforward book on a complex subject. She takes Flash 8: The Missing Manual from the basics to the advanced, yet avoids a hasty jump into tough topics that can leave readers confused.

Not only will Flash 8: The Missing Manual help you turn a concept into unique, dynamic content, but it will continue to serve as a reference as you develop your website.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101374
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Meet the Author

E. A. Vander Veer has authored or edited fourteen books to date(including this fine tome). Her work has appeared in dozens of on- and offline publications, including Byte, The Writer, Salon.com, and CNN.com. Currently, she lives in Minnesota with her husband and daughter.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits

Introduction

Part I: Creating a Flash Animation

Chapter 1: Getting Around Flash

Chapter 2: Creating Simple Drawings

Chapter 3: Animating Your Drawings

Part II: Advanced Drawing and Animation

Chapter 4: Organizing Frames and Layers

Chapter 5: Advanced Drawing and Coloring

Chapter 6: Adding Special Effects

Chapter 7: Reusable Flash: Symbols and Templates

Chapter 8: Incorporating Non-Flash Media Files

Part III: Adding Interactivity

Chapter 9: Automating Flash with ActionScript

Chapter 10: Controlling Animation

Chapter 11: Interacting with Your Audience

Chapter 12: Components for Interactivity

Part IV: Delivering Your Animation to Its Audience

Chapter 13: Testing and Debugging

Chapter 14: Publishing and Exporting

Part V: Appendix

Appendix A: Installation and Help

Colophon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2006

    FLASH ME!

    Are you a Webmaster who has given up in frustration because of distracting and annoying elements on your sites? If you are, then this book is for you! Author Emily A VanderVeer, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that explains all of the tools and shows you step-by-step how to create animations from scratch as well as, why you want to do each step--in English, not programmer-ese. VanderVeer, begins by guiding you through the creation of your very first Flash animation, from the first glimmer of an idea to drawing images, animating those images, and testing your work. Then, the author shows you how to manipulate your drawings by rotating, skewing, stacking, and aligning them add color and special effects, and multimedia files such as audio and video chips slash file size by turning bits and pieces of your drawings into special elements called symbols and, create composite drawings using layers. Next, she shows you how to add ActionScript actions to frames to create automatic effects and to buttons to create audience-controlled effects. Finally, she focuses on testing, debugging, and optimizing your animation. This most excellent book will show you tips and shortcuts for making Flash easier to work with as well as, making your animations as audience-friendly as possible. More importantly, this book is designed for readers of every skill level except the super-advanced-programmer.

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